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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 29, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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Marlins 7, Nationals 6: Rafael Soriano and a three-run lead in the ninth seems safe. Not last night it wasn’t. The Marlins rallied for four, capped by a Jeff Baker two-run single. The Nats had a 6-0 lead at one point here. This is the kind of game that comes back to haunt later in the season when things are tight. Or at least what this Braves fan’s wishful thinking is telling him.

Mets 7, Phillies 1: A.J. Burnett was probably a decent trade deadline candidate until recently. But he has certainly put the kibosh on that. Seven runs allowed here in five innings and six runs in five innings two starts ago vs. eight shutout innings against the Giants six days ago. You willing to bet a prospect on that anyone? I don’t know that I would be.

Rays 2, Brewers 1: Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and three hits in seven innings and a couple of RBI from James Loney. Also: a kind of compliment by Ron Roenicke to former Angels coaching colleague Joe Maddon: “Joe is out there, but he’s got great common sense and you don’t usually see that in a guy that’s out there.” Thanks?

Braves 2, Padres 0: Ervin Santana was fantastic — 11 Ks in seven innings — but the story here is, or at least should be, Jason Lane pitching six solid innings in his first major league start at age 37. This after seven years in the wilderness when his career as a hitter fizzled out. You don’t make this long, hard climb back unless you are made out of pure, unadulterated desire and unless you love baseball like no one’s business. Jason Lane is a story waiting to be told. Someone please tell it, because I bet it’s fantastic.

Blue Jays 14, Red Sox 1: I guess it was a game until the sixth inning. Then the Jays put up a nine-spot. Which in the metric system is, like, a three-spot I guess. I dunno, I always had a hard time with conversions like that. All I know is that Toronto unloaded hectares and liters and kilos of hurt on Boston. Clay Buchholz couldn’t retire anyone in the sixth and gave up seven runs in all. Five RBI for Mely Cabrera, four for Ryan Goins. R.A. Dickey struck out ten and allowed one run in seven innings. I guess no one ever taught him to pitch to the score.

Cubs 4, Rockies 1: Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first big league win in his third big league start, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Anthony Rizzo drove in two.

Astros 7, Athletics 3: Homers from Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez. Carter’s was a three-run shot. His was of saying ‘ello to this old friends on the A’s. Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth.

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Rangers 4, Yankees 2: Two runs on nine hits (scatters, smothered and capped) in seven innings for Yu Darvish. He struck out eight as well. Two homers for Brett Gardner in a winning effort in a losing cause.

Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1: A 15 inning affair that ended a bit before midnight a bit after Nick Ahmed hit an RBI single in the top of the inning. Twelve pitchers used in all, most of whom put up zeroes in the box score. Indeed, Dbacks relievers combined for eight shutout innings after starter Chase Anderson managed to allow just one run in seven. As an Ohioan who has been to Cincinnati an awful lot, I truly have to wonder where the players in this one go out for dinner afterward. Like, it’s Taco Bell I guess. Great town in some respects, but not a night life kind of town. Should make next year’s All-Star Game all kinds of fun.

Pirates 5 vs. Giants 0: 4-0 in the first on a night when Vance Worley needed almost no help at all, tossing a four-hit shutout. It was his second career complete game. His first: against the Giants as well.

 

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Just a week ago the Red Sox beat the Jays by 14 to 1, so yesterday’s game was a bit of payback. Melky’s first inning home run was hit while batting left handed. It landed in the Red Sox pen. His 6th inning homer was hit batting right handed. It went over the monster and damaged a car windshield. The key hit for the Jays actually came in the 4th. There were 2 runners on base and the count on Goins was 3 & 0. Gibbons gave him the green light. He smoked a drive past Pedroia for 2 RBI’s. The final 10 runs were just icing on that cake. Goins has been hitting very well since he was recalled from the minors.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:39 AM

      By the way, I think we saw the mercy rule applied in the game. The final pitch appeared to be a ball; however, the ump called it strike 3.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Was that Bartolo Colon’s last start as a Met?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      Probably.

    • ptfu - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      The Dugong is on the endangered list.

  3. dcarroll73 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Craig basically captured the essence of AJ Burnett – “Seven runs allowed here in five innings and six runs in five innings two starts ago vs. eight shutout innings against the Giants six days ago” The Yanks got very tired not having any idea if they’d see good AJ or horrid AJ on any given start (and in a related complaint, did he really have to flash ‘good AJ’ against my other team, the Giants?)

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Time for Baltimore to trade for him.

      • nvl004 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Haha i think we have our fill of #3 and #4 pitchers. Unless the O’s could add an ace which i don’t see how they could i think they are set with their starters. It’s about to be the trade deadline and they have given up the fewest runs in their division.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        Darn. As a Jays fan, I was hoping that the rumours of Baltimore’s interest in Burnett were true.

  4. ejheim62 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Thanks again Minnesota for Vance Worley. He’s been doing quite well for the Pirates, and last night was the best so far.

  5. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Yeah, that was about as fun as watch the Nats (and Davey Johnson) blow a nine-run lead to the Barves in July of 2012–except I wasn’t standing in the rain for this one. Fredi refused to let the umps call the game even in late innings and down 6 or 7 runs, and even with a double header the next day. The Nats were shut out 4-0 in the first game of the double header and were down to a 1.5 game lead in the division, and the season was “OH-VAH.”

    I forget what happened after that but I think the Nats went on to win 98 games and win the NL East. Pretty sure that’s what happened.

    • someguyinva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Hindsight’s 20/20 and all, but I sure would’ve liked to see Storen in the 9th. I know he threw four or five pitches in the 8th to get Stanton, but he’s still the fresher arm there.

      The Big Marine is just a bit too by the book when it comes to bullpen usage, and while the bullpen’s been stellar this year, it cost him last night.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Don’t think Matt is entirely in control. Soriano is getting paid $14 million to collect saves. Also, as I recall, his 2015 option is based on the number of games he finishes.

        Like Nats Lady, I was thinking of 2012, but in a different context. About how the bullpen wore down in September. Davey had a quick hook and overused the bullpen. Granted, a couple of those starters were being handled carefully due to TJS, but Davey did the same for Gio and Edwin Jackson, who didn’t have workload issues.

        Matt lets the starters stay out there longer, not taxing the bullpen as much. Still, one wonders how much longer Soriano, Clippard and Storen could keep up their very low ERAs.

      • someguyinva - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Yeah, I understand Soriano’s role and his contract option, but after Sunday’s surprise save opportunity (after Barrett couldn’t get anyone out) and given that he’d pitched Friday as well, I thought he might just try to rest Soriano and let Storen close out the game.

        As it is, he won’t have Soriano available tonight, I’m guessing, so it’ll be Clippard if there’s a save situation, with Storen handling the 8th.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    I want to thank former Blue Jay A. J. Arencibia for his assistance to the Jays yesterday. He drove in the winning runs against the Yankees last night. Well done A. J.

    • nbjays - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      How soon we forget our players, PC… it’s JP Arencibia, not AJ.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        A seniors moment

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        I think that applies to almost all your posts.

      • nbjays - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Go easy on the old guy, Aces… or he’ll smack you with his cane.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        I see a post by a fan of a team that has gone from first to last. Cheer up Aces. It could be worse.

  7. roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Craig, in last night’s Marlins game, not only were they down by 6 runs ‘at some point’, they were down 6-0 as late as the 7th inning. And Jeff baker’s walk-off was not a 2-run single, the game was tied at 6 (after some really key hits which you forgot to mention), when Baker hit a hard line drive over the head of Bryce Harper to score Hechavarria from third, who had just hit an RBI triple to tie the game on an 11-pitch at-bat.

    I really enjoy reading your posts and your game recaps, but sometimes I wish that you would take the Marlins a little bit more seriously. Not a ‘Marlins fan’, but I live in Central Florida and watch a lot of their games. You always seem to gloss over the Marlins games like they’re just some sideshow to the real baseball and seem to rarely try to capture what the key moments in their games were. Thankfully Old Gator usually updates me whenever I miss a game. Heck, the other night when they beat the Braves I had to go to another website to find out who ‘the guy’ was that struck out and ended up scoring on the dropped 3rd strike/wild pitch/base hit because you forgot to mention his name while talking about how rare it is for the Marlins to take a 4-game series in Atlanta. You might also want to mention the fact that the Marlins have won 8 out of their last 9 games and that they just came off their best seven-game road trip in franchise history. But, I guess that things like this are not important enough for real baseball fans to care about, right?

    • indaburg - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      You tell him, roundball!

    • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Personally, I’ve thought for a while that the Marlin-Fish have as much chance of going to the postseason as the Rays-Fish (probably not much for either team, but a chance), but all anyone ever talks about are the Rays.

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        With a healthy Jose Fernandez perhaps, but not with their current roster. Baseball Prospectus has the Rays at a playoff probability of 14% and a win probability of .531 for the rest of the season, and the Marlins at 3.9% and a win probability of .463. Fangraphs gives the Rays a 15.5 post-season probability and the Marlins a 3.2 probability. Both teams are long shots, but your personal feelings aside, objectively, the Rays have better odds.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        The Marlins have won 9 of their last 10, the Rays have won 9 of their last 10. The Marlins just got back to .500, the Rays are just a game under .500. The Marlins are 5 games out of 1st place, the Rays are 6.5 games out of 1st place. The Marlins are 4 games back in the second wildcard, the Rays are 4.5 games back in the second wildcard. I watch both teams play every single night (I usually start checking them both out until I settle into one, occasionally checking on the other during commercials). Both just pulled off great wins against great teams again tonight. The Marlins already took this series against the Nats (sorry!). Let’s see if they can pull off the sweep and get within three games, breathing on the neck of the Braves.

        I think that the Rays look a little stronger than the Marlins at the moment, but I certainly think that both of these clubs have a chance. It’s a long shot for either team to pull it off, but it is certainly possible for both teams to at least get to play that wildcard game. Both teams have some holes and can easily lose the wheels at any moment, but as of right now they’re both red hot and climbing up the standings.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      I thought I was fighting orf jet lag, but it was the Gnats who played like they were the ones. That hour and thirty minute slog down from Gnational Airport (sorry, I can’t bring myself to call it Ronald Reagan Airport – the implications for competent air traffic control are too dire) must really be punishing. Although everyone will be talking about the bottom of the ninth as though that were the only frame that mattered, this game has a more complicated story that doesn’t necessarily say great things about either team.

      Look, we can talk all we want about key hits, but let’s go back to the bottom of the fifth and top of the seexth when the Feesh, trying to be good hosts, did everything in their power to giftwrap the game for their guests. It all started with a Salty TOOTBLAN, as the doughty catcher – struggling to keep his batting average above .230 – lined a two out single to left with the Feesh then down 1-0 and then took such a wide turn at first that Bryce Harper, ever alert, threw behind him and he got nailed in a rundown. You expect a recent callup to do something that stupid. Lay orf the boliche and chicharrones, Salty. They’re caking on your dendrites.

      Now the top of the sixth, when the wheels came uncottered on the Feesh defense. First, Denard Span bunted to McGehee, who should have thrown him out but threw slightly wide of Garret Jones at first so that he had to reach across Span’s path and Span knocked the ball out of his glove and his glove off his hand. Mike Redmond came out to argue interference but was gently and rightly instructed to go set down his ass in the dugout. Thereafter Eovaldi, who had been coasting, couldn’t throw a bean past an astigmatic cyclops. Two more hits, aided by some infield hijinks courtesy of Adeiny Hechavarria and Jordany Valdespin, who when pronounced together sound like a pair of centurions from Jodorowski’s unmade version of Dune, and a walk brought in another run and Dan Jennings came in from the pen – yes, the same Dan Jennings who husbands inherited runners the way the last Duke of Thurn und Taxis treated his inheritance. A few more hits, a little more Keystone Kops infielding and a bases loaded walk, and it’s 6-0 Gnats.

      The Gnats meltdown set in in the seventh, with a walk to the same Iron Giant who has had to bargain for his hits this entire past month, a triple to Garret Jones and a single to Marcell Ozuna, for whom I am going to have to come up with a catchy nickname sooner or later. Then the hapless Salty grounded out to end the frame.

      Fast forward to the eighth. Ross Detwiler is ineffective, giving up sharp singles to Hech and Reed Johnson; Hech scores on a groundout – it’s now 4-3, if you’re keeping score at home – and Drew Storen comes in to induce the Iron Giant’s lately monotonous human fan impersonation.

      Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth. Soriano comes in and does his Three Mile Island routine, including a walk, a wild peetch and a hit batter. But this is the part that everyone’s read about already. What you haven’t read about is that when Jeff Baker’s two out crusher to the left field wall dropped over Bryce Harper’s head – and it says here that Harper catches that ball if he isn’t playing far shortstop instead of left field – you could see Bryce’s shoulders slump as if to say, “How the heck (Good Mormon expletive substitution) did we lose this game?”

      What this all amounts to is that the Feesh, here given credit for their supposed feistiness and on the heels of another hard run at the strange attractor, once again visible to the naked eye, nevertheless played badly enough for most of the game so that, without the indulgence of the usually formidable Gnats pen, they’re still mired seven games out and five and a half back in the wild card hunt. “I think guys collectively are trying to pull their end of the rope, and I think tonight everybody contributed really well,” saith Galahad-of-the-night Jeff Baker, doubtless invoking the tug-of-war scene from Mighty Joe Young. Yes, it was what we used to call “a famous victory,” and I had great fun watching it from the edge of my bed, hastily microwaved hot dog in hand. Nevertheless, the Iron Giant, after a brief flash of return to form just after the allstar break, is struggling mightily again, and I don’t give a rat’s patootie how much of a “team effort” they put up: it says here that they’re going hiking and feeshing in October without him. See, I think the Feesh managed to get over their jet lag coming back from Huston faster than the Gnats did by sleepwalking through the first six innings whereas the Gnats didn’t get enough rest and their dehydration and temporal disorientation caught up with them by the seventh – yeah, I know, it’s the same time zone, but they were traveling at 565 MPH. Read your Einstein.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Thanks, Old Gator. I did not watch the entire game. I watched the first few innings, left it at 1-0 in the 4th inning or so, and switched over to the Rays because Jake Odorizzi was twirling a nice one and that is another very hot club worth watching. I come back in the 7th and it’s 6-0 just as the comeback is getting started, so I missed those key plays that you mention in the 5th and 6th innings. I did see the replay of Harper throwing behind Salty as he rounded first, and I love it! This is not the first time that Bryce tries this, and it worked this time. Love his aggressive play.

        But, I watch enough Marlins baseball to know that they are nowhere near the most fundamentally-sound team around. They make a lot of mistakes on defense, their pitching can go from holding a shutout to giving up a 6-spot in the blink of an eye, they will run into the occasional out on the basepaths, and their offense goes on massive droughts where they can barely scratch in a base hit. But, there’s still something about this club. They don’t give up. They fight teeth and nails for every win. They lead the league in wins decided in their final at-bat. The pitching shows flashes of dominance. The offense goes on explosions where they put up many crooked numbers. They are right up in the top 5 or 6 I believe in runs scored.

        As I’ve been saying all season, I don’t think that their chances of making the post season are very high because they have quite a few winning clubs to surpass, but they can still get there. And if they don’t I’m still very proud of these kids because they haven’t succumbed and they keep on fighting every night, for 27 outs, and if they finish within a handful of games from .500 ball, I consider it a very successful season (for the kids themselves, not the organization or its shady ownership).

      • natstowngreg - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        It is one of the little ironies of life in the National Capital Region that Arlington, Virginia is roughly two-thirds Democratic, but is home to an airport named after Ronald Reagan. Suffice to say, we Arlingtonians were not consulted. [Arlington is also home to the HQ of the world's premiere military establishment. That is not as much an irony as you might think.]

        As I commented in yesterday’s ATH, the Fish have an opportunity for mischief in their upcoming schedule, against members of the NL Gang of Eight. Though I wasn’t expecting this particular type of mischief. Of course, one does not expect it; it just happens. When Drew Storen ended the 8th by making Giancarlo look really bad (in fairness to the Iron Giant, Storen’s slider can have that effect), it was just a matter of Soriano not blowing up in the 9th. Oh, well… The hope is that it’s not the beginning of a trend for the Nats bullpen.

    • Shayna - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Save yer pixels, Roundy. If it doesn’t happen in NY or California, it’s not worth reporting. My current example is the MLb

      • Shayna - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Phnoo! Stupid keyboard.

        As I was saying, my current example is the MLB summary of the Yankees/Jays game on Sunday. The lead changed four times, with each team coming back to tie it up or take the lead again until the Jays finally got the lead in the top of the 9th and held it. But you’d never have known any of that or, indeed, even the name of the team playing the Yankees, from the MLB report on Quick Pitch. They showed each of the Yankees’ scoring plays but showed none of the Jays’ runs, let alone some sparkling defence by the Jays’ fielders. But hey! our role was simply to be not-the-Yankees. No need to pay us any more attention than that.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Good comment, Round! Got me thinking “Where is OldGator?” who I find believe to be an alter ego of Carl Hiaasen. Scrolling down as these random thoughts occur, what do I find but Gator’s post, replete with obscure pop culture ref, political commentary, incomprehensible (in a nice way) spelling. I like you, Craig, but the real reason I’m here is the comment section.

  8. indaburg - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    “Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and three hits in seven innings and a couple of RBI from James Loney.”

    I think there’s a word or two missing in that sentence. Jake did not allow a couple of RBI to his teammate. :-)

    It’s been a pleasure to watch Odorizzi’s development this season. I can’t believe this is the same guy who posted a 6.85 ERA in April, and whose starts I watched with clenched jaw. Since then, his ERA has been 3.00. His K/9 ratio is 10.21 currently. He’s also getting better with his control. Holding the aggressive Brewers hitters to just 3 hits is no easy feat.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Yes, this guy has been very impressive. His command has been top-notch lately and last night he was not afraid to go right after the pull-happy, fastball-killing Brewers. Living in Central Florida I usually can never choose if I want to stay on channel 1148 and watch the Rays or 1149 and watch the Marlins. It was 1148 last night until I quickly switched over to check on the Marlins and, well had to watch the end of that comeback. Boxberger and McGee have been as automatic as it gets at the tail end of that bullpen. The key for the Rays is trying not to overuse these guys and keep them fresh for what Maddon calls “Aug-Tember”.

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        The Rays game was over in 2:35. I wish I switched over to 1149 to watch the Marlins stage their comeback. I saw the highlights this morning on MLBN. Very happy for them. It’s conflicting because I like the players but dislike Loria.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      Y’all keep it up and there will be two dozen people at the Trop…in no time!

      Seriously, glad the season has picked up for you. Don’t play well against us though, please.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        No promises.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Grrrr!!!!!

  9. pwshrugged - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Anyone else noticing a pattern here?

    Twins sign quietly solid mid-rotation NL pitcher to be a top-of-the-rotation guy.
    Former NL pitcher immediately becomes terrible with the Twins.
    Twins release former NL pitcher, who goes to another team and returns to quietly solid form.

    Say what you want about AL vs. NL stuff, but I’ve watched enough Twins pitchers over the last few seasons to have zero faith in their pitching staff. Young in-house pitchers are showing no development once they get to the bigs, and what free agents they acquire almost immediately get worse.

    • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Speaking of young pitchers, how is Alex Myer doing? Keep waiting to see him.

    • ejheim62 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      meanwhile, the Pirates have taken some mid-to-terrible guys and turned them into reasonably effective starters for the most part. Hmmm. There’s a pattern here….I’m still not sold on Volquez, he’s hot and cold, and Liriano has had a rough year, but Worley has been excellent. Until his last start, Locke had been very good. Morton is the toughest guy to watch – has good control, great stuff, but he always has that one inning where he just loses it.
      If we can get Cole back and he’s healthy enough to stay the course, I like the Pirates’ chances to making the playoffs again.

  10. dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Do shutouts of the Padres count? Beyond Seth Smith, there aren’t any major league hitters on the roster.

  11. hushbrother - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    There’s probably a Huddle House somewhere in Cincinnati. But that’s usually a place you go to at 3 a.m. after partying on the town.

  12. phillysports1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    And the Nationals went on to loose in the first round. Ha !

  13. stlouis1baseball - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Tough to find a place to eat in Cincinnati after midnight to be sure.
    But I don’t know that it is any different in other similarly sized cities.
    But as far as dinner goes (in general) there are a lot of choices.
    Montgomery Inn
    McCormick & Schmicks
    Morton’s
    Palomino
    Moerlein Lager House

    You get the picture.

    • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      not sure if this is tongue-in-cheek or not. Besides Moerlein, these are all chain restaurants. While I’m not a Keith Law-level restaurant snob, I feel the best places to eat in any individual city are the local establishments, whether they be mom-and-pop diners or fancy sit-down places. Yelp and local pages and urban spoon are great places to find good places to eat in any city. While you might be disappointed sometimes, the aggregate experience over time is almost sure to be better than lining the pockets of restaurant corporations.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        Lol! Yeah…mostly chains (but edible nonetheless).
        I am with you. I always go to the local establishments myself. It doesn’t matter to me. Mom and Pops, the Greasy Spoon, 5 star, all very good!

  14. APBA Guy - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    As if it weren’t bad enough that Jesse Chavez’ inevitable decline has been slowly ongoing, last night marked a turn for the worse against a team determined to show off in the most demonstrative way possible. Not only did Houston hit 4 homeruns, all of them were “no-doubters” and two were of such monstrous proportions that even the normally taciturn Bo Porter was seen smiling and high-fiving appreciatively in the dugout.

    Chavez velocity drop has been obvious for a month now (go back and look at tape of him from April and May), and last night he tried to overcome some of that drop by overthrowing. This led to missing his target by 3 feet, such as on the Carter homerun, with insufficient velocity to beat the hitter. Result: Jurassic homeruns.

    The A’s have injury problems in the outfield, with both Gentry (fractured wrist) and Crisp (undisclosed neck issue) out. We may see a return of the high-risk 3 catcher offense, with Jaso at DH, Norris actually catching, and Vogt at first, or worse, in the outfield and Callaspo at first.

    The A’s have taken 7/11 from the Astros in 2014, so A’s fans expect that with Sam going tonight, the A’s will win.

    But the issues with Chavez aren’t going to go away. Gray, Kaz, Sam and pray for rain? Not really, since Gray and Kaz aren’t sure things to finish a full season either.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Tommy Milone agrees with you.

    • clydeserra - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      the trick is to get Tommy back without losing Jessie.

      I suppose putting Jesse back in the pen as the long guy for a rest and optioning Scribner again.

      But yeah, Tough game yesterday. Very frustrating.

      Although I did ponder how many hits Stephan Vogt would have to get in order to claim the batting title being short about 150 PAs to qualify. (the math scared me so i gave up)

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